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Orbán’s Enablers

German Conservatives and the EU Council’s Unanimity On December 12, 2022, as the first news of Eva Kaili’s arrest and “Qatargate,” the European Parliament’s first major corruption scandal, broke, Hungarian …

Restarting the Franco-German Engine

After months of very visible frostiness, the Franco-German tandem is working on a reset: Berlin and Paris have realized they cannot afford the relationship to degrade further. Regardless of shifts in …

AICGS Profiles: Dr. Carsten Pillath

State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Dr. Carsten Pillath serves as a State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, heading Directorate-Generals VII (Financial Market Policy) and E (European …

AICGS Profiles: Dr. Anna Lührmann

Minister of State for Europe and Climate Background Dr. Anna Lührmann (Bündnis 90/The Greens) is a member of the Bundestag and serves as Minister of State for Europe and Climate …

The Elusive European Peace

Peace on the European continent is threatened once more. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, populism on the rise, and multiple factors undermining the postwar European integration project and challenging the …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Legacy for European Integration?

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s European legacy? Erik Jones Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Angela Merkel will be remembered for many things, but her grudging pragmatism in response …

Sophia Besch, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Sophia Besch as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from September to December 2021. Ms. Besch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform’s …

Draghi to the Rescue, Act Two

Italian prime minister Mario Draghi describes his own country as “beautiful, but fragile.” The former central banker is trying to replicate in Italy what he did for the monetary union …

The German Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Future of Transatlantic Security

Strategic Compass: Guiding EU Security and Defense into the Future The United States is and will continue to be Germany’s most important partner in security and defense. Together we defend …

Changing German Views Point to a Brighter Future for EU Foreign Policy

The European Union is not known for its hard power. Despite its status as an economic and regulatory superpower, the EU has consistently failed to exert true influence in crises …

After the EU Summit: Without the UK, A Single Economic Future?

The European Union’s €750 billion “Next Generation EU” pandemic recovery fund announced at the EU summit on Tuesday has broken important new ground. Assuming the European Parliament gives its approval …

Jeff Rathke on European Defense Agenda with Smaller U.S. Footprint in DefenseNews

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s call for the European Union to prepare for the possibility of a U.S. disengagement from European security–regardless of election outcome: …

Lesson from the Corona Crisis: The Neighbors Have Gone Mad

The article is written in the author’s personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views the German government. Spending time alone at home gives you time to think. Time …

The Franco-German Motor Turns 70

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” That is the first sentence of the Schuman Declaration, which 70 years …

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